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    posted a message on My End Portal room inspired by Pixlriffs

    Since there's a nether portal prominently displayed in the middle of the room, I didn't think it was necessary to be super specific about what kind of portal it was. Let me rephrase.


    Is this in the overworld, or the nether? I'm assuming the nether portal is how you get in the room. It's a cool idea.

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    posted a message on My End Portal room inspired by Pixlriffs

    Is this in the overworld, or nether? I'm assuming the portal is how you get in the room. It's a cool idea.

    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on 1.16 Enderman Behavior

    I was trying to do that thing we've all done where you agro the endermen and then hide under something that's too short for them and whack away to collect the pearls....but none of them followed me. This is in the nether, by the way. I thought maybe it had something to do with standing under one of those fungus trees. So I moved away. I looked at a whole gang of endermen, ticked them off, and then nothing happened. Not one came after me. So I went back to base. There was an enderman hanging out there. Attacked him, he teleported, and then came back and only tried attacking me once.


    I've also noticed a higher than normal incidence of enderman griefing. Anyone else?? Or is it just me?

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    posted a message on What have you done recently?

    Today I discovered the joy that is TNT and started my next big project. The mansion spawned with hills around it, meaning it's way up in the air when you take the hills away. I plan to add 2, maybe 3 floors, underneath once I clear the hills. I think I'm going to change where the front of the mansion is too and have it open up towards the nearby swamp. One big hill down, one more to go.

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    posted a message on What have you done recently?

    We killed the Elder Guardians the day after Christmas and I started working on a guardian farm. I thought it would be a group project, but it turns out that I was the only group member who worked on it. We play on hard and I only died once when trying to dive down and break some sea grass so I could place my sand divider. I was getting towards the end of the draining and there were at least 20 Guardians with their death ray on me at once.


    The last farm I made had all the usual Ocean monument blocks with quartz as an accent. I think I'm going to use quartz and pupur this time, but haven't totally decided. In any case, I started growing the chorus because I know I definitely want some End Rods at some point. I discovered in the growing process that hostile mobs can spawn on the plants.

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    posted a message on Building constantly catch fire after thunderstorm

    Make a high roof out of glass, sleep in a bed as soon as the storm starts, use cheats, replace your roof with some other material....

    In the past, I've generally used either cobblestone or stone bricks just for this reason. Sometimes netherbrick stairs. However, there are a lot more non-wood stair blocks to choose from so that you don't have to sacrifice aesthetics anymore.

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    posted a message on What do YOU bring to the Dragon fight?

    @Fuzzy - So what method do you use the first time, since you can't get elytra until after you kill the dragon at least once? When we the kill the dragon again, I think I'm going to try this. We're going to need to kill some Withers first.

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    posted a message on Building in Survival

    The side of a hill is the best place to start. Especially if you are on hard mode. If you don't have sheep handy to make a bed, this also gives you something to do at night because you can mine resources while waiting for the sun to come up. Don't forget to find a food source soon (plant some wheat or cut down some oak trees for apple drops). Also, once you get the survival stuff going and have time and resources to make things pretty, don't under estimate the necessity of good lighting. Later, you can build out from your hill or convert it into your mine.

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    posted a message on What do YOU bring to the Dragon fight?

    There was an older thread that kind of talked about this, but I'm curious what tactics might have changed over time as players gain more experience and game changes are made.


    We did a dragon fight this weekend and one of the players was super worried about having water to ride down the towers to avoid fall damage. We have potion of slow falling? Forget the water, right? No, he brought water and made a well as soon as we got there. (sigh)


    Anyway....


    The first time I killed the dragon (maybe even the first two or three times), I used cobblestone to get to the top of the towers. Now I use ladders. Reason being that if the dragon knocks out a section with me on it, I don't have to start over. I just gotta climb to the spot that got knocked out and keep going. I'm terrible at aiming with ender pearls from the bottom of the pillars, but I do okay with those to get to the other pillars once I'm on a high one. As long as a beacon doesn't have a cage around it and the dragon isn't coming for me, I also use arrows.


    I used to use Protection IV on my armor, but switched to Blast Protection since most of the damage I get is just from taking out the beacons. I used to use feather falling, but the potion of slow falling makes that unnecessary. The potion of slow falling also means that I bring a LOT less health potions.


    Potions: Slow falling, health, and strength for once the beacons are out. I also bring a couple stacks of empty bottles to collect dragon breath. I generally wait for the dragon to land and then do some sword whacking rather than trying to avoid making eye contact with endermen while searching the sky to aim a bow. It also allows me to gather some breath easily.


    Don't forget to bring a little cobblestone, just in case the platform is out from the island. Did that once.


    I tried the pumpkin head thing once, and it just annoyed the crap out of me. As long as you have a cross hair on your screen, it's fairly easy to avoid looking endermen in the face. Except when trying to aim a bow in the sky, as I mentioned previously. But I'm not sure that trying to aim with a pumpkin on your head causing limited visibility is any better.


    I also brought a couple totems of undying, just in case. I mean, we've done so many raids that we have chests full of them. I kept one in my left hand during the battle. However, I ended up not needing it. Thanks to the totems, none of us stored backup gear in a chest near our beds.


    How has your battle changed with experience and game changes?

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    posted a message on Questions about defending against sieges and raids

    The fence is out from the building about 20 blocks or so. The raids spawn well outside of the fence area, probably about 60 blocks or so away. When we stand on top, we can see them spawn in and it has never been even close. Also, when I laid the magma blocks, I noticed that a golem I had outside was avoiding them and I wondered if the raid mobs would do the same. I'm happy to report that they are too stupid to realize they should not stand there.

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    posted a message on Questions about defending against sieges and raids

    We built a central building for our villagers (with a basement) and then put a fence around it. We have had no issues with raid mobs spawning inside the fenced area.

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    posted a message on Building towns in survival.

    Another way to challenge yourself is to modify the terrain less. For example, I built a rather large scale castle, and while I did take down part of a hill, I didn't flatten the entire area. So when you walked inside the castle there were floors at different levels. It can add interest to your builds. Another build I really enjoyed was building inside of a mountain. I had periodic spots where a balcony would come out or a window, but never at the same level.

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    posted a message on What have you done recently?

    Since starting a new world with my partner, we haven't killed the dragon. Instead, we have been focusing on our "raid" village and trying to get librarians that offer a variety of good stuff. One trick to killing the villagers you don't want without pissing off the golems, is to use a boat and some magma cubes.


    Get the undesirable villager in the boat, paddle over to your magma blocks (which should be surrounded by fencing to prevent escape), jump out of the boat, put the gate back that you had to break to get the boat in, then break the boat and watch the villager die. This method doesn't seem to hurt your popularity either.


    Back to dragon prepping... Last night I finally got a villager who would trade Blast Protection IV. Sunday I got potions in order. The slow falling potion can't be beat when doing dragon battle, in my opinion. As a bonus, all my villager trading leveled me up enough to apply enchantments to everything. Sadly, it was also last night that I remembered you can't combine Protection and Blast Protection. Once I have some shulker boxes, it will be time for BIG projects.

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    posted a message on What have you done recently?

    Finally got a mending villager in our "Raid" village. Turns out that my partner was killing off villagers prematurely, so it's entirely possible that we've had one, or several, long before now. (sigh)


    Our fence system around the village and letting at least 10 golems spawn before starting a raid makes it super easy for two players and only slightly challenging for one. The real trick seems to be not firing at the golems. We are toying with the idea of putting a magma block perimeter around the outside of the fence. We have also discovered that dogs during a two player raid is a very bad idea. It's too easy to fire arrows at your friend's dogs.


    My next to do is to finish the starter base I started earlier this summer.

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    posted a message on Does having extra bookshelves help enchanting?

    Maybe it's just coincidence, but I had the minimum number of shelves and kept getting one or two enchantments on everything that weren't that great. So I added a few more bookshelves and the very first sword I enchanted had 6 fairly decent enchantments on it. And then everything after that seems to have been better than I was previously getting. Of course, that could just be wishful thinking.

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